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Thirty Members of Congress Call For FBI to Investigate Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and Others for Possible Criminal Violations Involving Election Interference
WASHINGTON - Thirty members of Congress are calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to investigate Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump appointee, for possible criminal interference in the election — a demand made more urgent after the Post Office disregarded a court-ordered deadline on Election Day to check mail facilities for 300,000 missing ballots in crucial battleground states including Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
The letter also asks to the FBI to “pursue criminal investigations where government officials -- or private individuals -- may have violated federal law in taking actions that make it more difficult for Americans to cast their vote or to have it counted.”
"It appears that US government officials and others have committed criminal violations in their efforts to suppress the vote," said Mark Weisbrot, Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “This cannot be allowed. These members of Congress are asking the FBI to investigate, and they should do so, in order to restore and protect the integrity of our elections."
As the Washington Post reported Wednesday:
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[U.S. District Judge Emmet G.] Sullivan was incensed during Wednesday’s hearing over the sweeps, accusing the Postal Service of attempting to run the clock out on his order to avoid conducting the sweeps.
“It just leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth for the clock to run out — game’s over — and then to find out there was no compliance with a very important court order,” he said.
Two members of Congress first sent a letter to the FBI on August 17, asking for a criminal investigation of DeJoy after he made changes in Postal Service operations that would slow down mail service delivery in the run-up to the November elections, at a time when tens of millions more Americans would be voting by mail.
"DeJoy changed his tune the day after members of Congress asked for a criminal investigation of his actions,” CEPR’s Weisbrot noted. “This shows how important it is for Congress to oversee law enforcement in electoral matters when officials and others violate federal law."
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